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November 5, 2020

Webinar: Emotional Sobriety in Challenging Times with Gary Sanders & Dr. Valerie Mason-John

Emotional Sobriety in the Midst of Challenging Times
A Conversation with Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John and Gary Sanders
Thursday, November 5th, 4pm ET

No matter where you are in the universe or which way you voted, many of us will be impacted by the American elections, which have been center stage for the past few months. During times of stress and upheaval, our addictive behaviors are at risk of being activated. From stinking thinking to alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, food, porn, no matter what your addiction, it’s an unskillful coping strategy to soothe the pain. During this one hour online gathering, we will give tips, tools, and a meditation on how to deal with stress, uncertainty, and challenges in a healthy way. Join Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John, co-author of Eight Step Recovery Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, and Gary Sanders, of Portland Insight Meditation Community, in conversation about recovery, abstinence, harm reduction, and emotional sobriety.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 4pm ET on Thursday, November 5th. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 4pm on Wednesday, November 4th. Please note that participation in the live webinar on Zoom is limited to the first 1,000 attendees.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opport to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution towards our efforts.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.


Gary Sanders
lives in Portland, OR. He is originally from the Los Angeles area, where he was the founder of SCV Mindfulness and led up to three weekly groups. He was empowered to lead Buddhist meditation and dharma groups at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He helped, from the ground level, to found Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist based recovery program for all addictions, which has now spread worldwide. After moving to Portland 5 years ago, Gary was asked to join the teaching staff at Portland Insight Meditation Community in the lineage of Ruth Denison. Gary travels frequently and teaches daylongs and workshops all around North America.

Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John M.A (hon.doc)
is the award winning author, and is one of the new leading African Descent voices in the field of Mindfulness Approaches for Addiction. Co-founder of Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery MBAR an 8 week secular course for people with addictions and compulsive behaviours, and co-founder of 8 Step Recovery, Using the Buddha’s Teachings to overcome addiction, which is also an award-winning book. She tours internationally giving keynote talks, and training professionals in Mindfulness approaches for addiction. She is the President of the international organization Buddhist Recovery Network, BRN, and the chair of Triratna Vancouver Buddhist Centre. An award- Author of 9 books, her most recent published 2020, I am Still Your Negro An Homage to James Baldwin, a timely book, and is currently editing an An Anthology. Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Speak Black Liberation, Buddhism and Beyond. www.valeriemason-john.com

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